Day 15: Lauren PRICE (GBR) defeats LI (CHN) become the new women’s middleweight champion

TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 08: Lauren Price of Team Great Britain celebrates after defeating Qian Li of Team China during the Women’s Middle (69-75kg) Final bout on day sixteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games at Kokugikan Arena on August 08, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Lauren PRICE brought Great Britain a memorable gold medal after winning today’s Women’s Middle (69-75kg) final match against LI Qian of People’s Republic of China.

The 27-year-old from Sheffield (GBR)controlled the bout with smart tactical play and claimed a brilliant unanimous decision victory to close her glorious Tokyo 2020 Olympic path. Owing to PRICE’s medal, Team GB matched the medal tally of the Olympic Games London 2012 and reach the record of six medals in boxing.

Newport-born PRICE became the first boxer from Wales to win an Olympic gold medal for Great Britain in boxing. The previous Welsh boxer to claim an Olympic medal was Fred EVANS (GBR), who took silver in the men’s welter in 2012. Also, PRICE became the second reigning world champion in the women’s middleweight to claim Olympic gold in this event, after Claressa SHIELDS (USA) at the Olympic Games Rio 2016. Furthermore, the British boxer became the second woman representing Great Britain to win an Olympic gold medal in boxing, after Nicola ADAMS won the women’s flyweight in 2012 and 2016.

Speaking after her victory, PRICE said: “I am over the moon, a dream come true really. It’s been a dream of mine since I was eight years old watching Kelly HOLMES (GBR) win that gold. I’ve always said I didn’t know how I was going to get here and what sport I was going to do, but the dream has always been to get to the Olympic Games.”

“To win gold is just the icing on the cake and I can’t really put into words what it means to me right now.”

The #2 seeded LI won the silver, her second Olympic medal. The Chinese boxer had indeed already claimed bronze in this event at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and became the second Chinese woman to win multiple Olympic medals in boxing, after REN Cancan took silver and bronze in the women’s flyweight in 2012 and 2016 respectively.

Speaking about today’s performance, LI said: “I think I wanted to win too much, and it affected my performance. I know her style of fight, and I wanted to put pressure on her and control the distance. She’s very quick, and I became quite passive. I fought a little too conservatively. I wanted to go for it, but afraid that it would lead to mistakes.”

 “Next up would be preparing for the national games. Paris?” she said, smiling, “I’ll have to work hard!” 

Nouchka FONTIJN (NED) and Zenfira MAGOMEDALIEVA (ROC) were awarded with the bronze medals.

FONTIJN added bronze to her silver medal from Rio in the women’s middleweight and became the second boxer from Netherlands to claim multiple Olympic medals in boxing, after Arnold VANDERLIJDE in men’s boxing.

MAGOMEDALIEVA claimed the first medal in women’s boxing for ROC at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and previously won world titles in women’s heavyweight (2014) and women’s light heavyweight (2019).

Updated Draw Sheet

Women’s Middle (69-75kg)

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